Quotations of Wisdom

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Guglielmo Marconi

Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time. [Q324]

Sallust

Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure. [Q437]

Hodding Carter Jr.

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings. [Q2103]

Blaise Pascal

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. [Q590]

Douglas Rushkoff

Programming is the sweet spot, the high leverage point in a digital society. If we don’t learn to program, we risk being programmed ourselves. [Q1291]

Milton Friedman

The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience. [Q281]

Italo Calvino

The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space. — Invisible Cities [Q389]

Jesse Jackson

It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other. [Q1550]

Jesus Christ

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. — Matthew 23-13 YouTube [Q1610]

Václav Havel

You do not become a "dissident" just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society. [Q1782]

Albert Einstein

The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion. [Q305]

Mohandas Gandhi

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. [Q32]

Scott Nesler

Democracy requires civility, not a donation. [Q1601]

Scott Nesler

It's a fact that facts are misused. [Q52]

Senator Paul Simon

In a presidential race, who is losing or gaining three points in the latest polls receives much more coverage than where the candidates stand on poverty or foreign policy. It is easy to cover the trivial. A drop in the polls will receive more attention than an in-depth speech on national health care. The average sound bite on network TV news for the Republican presidential primary of 1996 was 7.2 seconds. Almost half the second bites were less than five seconds. Try to say something of substance on any issue in 7.2 seconds! The media should be here not simply to make money, but also to serve, and that service can be improved. [Q1814]

Jawaharlal Nehru

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance. [Q991]

Richard M Nixon

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another - until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices. [Q308]

Václav Havel

We had all become used to the totalitarian system and accepted it as an unchangeable fact and thus helped to perpetuate it. In other words, we are all — though naturally to differing extents — responsible for the operation of the totalitarian machinery. None of us is just its victim. We are all also its co-creators. [Q1788]

David S Allen

As historians and social critics have noted, inherent in corporate liberalism is the idea that the corporation, not the individual, is at the center of protection. — Democracy, Inc — Introduction Page 7. [Q238]

Aristotle

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. [Q867]

William Gibson

Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts. [Q679]

Saul Bellow

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. [Q705]

Senator Paul Simon

I also came face to face with real people and real problems and it gradually occurred to me that these difficult human situations don't fit into neat order. [Q1827]

Julius Rosenberg

There had to be a hysteria and a fear sent through America in order to get increased war budgets. [Q1546]

Marshall McLuhan

The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way. [Q1484]

Theodore Roosevelt

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. [Q1281]

George Orwell

Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. [Q1662]

Buckminster Fuller

The youth of humanity all around our planet are intuitively revolting from all sovereignties and political ideologies. The youth of Earth are moving intuitively toward an utterly classless, raceless, omnicooperative, omniworld humanity. Children freed of the ignorantly founded educational traditions and exposed only to their spontaneously summoned, computer-stored and -distributed outflow of reliable-opinion-purged, experimentally verified data, shall indeed lead society to its happy egress from all misinformedly conceived, fearfully and legally imposed, and physically enforced customs of yesterday. They can lead all humanity into omnisuccessful survival as well as entrance into an utterly new era of human experience in an as-yet and ever-will-be fundamentally mysterious Universe. — The Wellspring of Reality [Q180]

Thomas Jefferson

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. [Q197]

Margaret Mead

Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance. [Q955]

Aristotle

It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition. [Q851]

Ibni Sina

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. [Q1922]

Jonas Salk

When things get bad enough, then something happens to correct the course. And it is that sense I speak of evolution as an error-making and error-correctiong process. And if we can be ever so much better — ever so much slightly better — at error correcting than at error making, then we'll make it. [Q489]

Margaret Mead

Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate. [Q1418]

Julian Assange

And to some degree it is of such scope that it eclipses the economic ability of the press to go through it. It’s going to require not just the press but all interested parties to understand this material. [Q1209]

Václav Havel

It is not true that people of high principles are ill-suited for politics. High principles have only to be accompanied by patience, consideration, a sense of measure and understanding for others. It is not true that only coldhearted, cynical, arrogant, haughty or brawling persons succeed in politics. Such people are naturally attracted by politics. In the end, however, politeness and good manners weigh more. [Q1768]

Woodrow Wilson

At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving. [Q742]

Thomas Huxley

Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic. [Q1051]

George Washington

Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican liberty. — His Farewell Address, 1796 [Q1867]

Henry David Thoreau

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. [Q491]

André Gide

Believe in those who seek the truth; doubt those who find it. [Q1522]

Episode 109 Snap Judgement

Blind obedience to authority is critical because all of our training as children is in fact to be blindly obedient to authority. The problem is that not all authority deserves our respect. [Q1529]

Nikola Tesla

The scientists from Franklin to Morse were clear thinkers and did not produce erroneous theories. The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. [Q1675]

Carl Jung

If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool. [Q254]

Dwight D. Eisenhower

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together. [Q1275]

Peter Neumann

Remember, extremism in the nondefense of moderation is not a virtue. [Q357]

Václav Havel

There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side. [Q1757]

Erwin Schrödinger

The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist. [Q1437]

Mohandas Gandhi

Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent. [Q561]

René Descartes

The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. [Q1121]

Saul Alinsky

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. [Q990]

James Allen

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. [Q444]

Alfred de Vigny

I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts, wanted something fuller, some grouping, some adaptation to his capacity and experience, of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in. [Q1735]

Graham Nelson

Writing a really general parser is a major but different undertaking, by far the hardest points being sensitivity to context and resolution of ambiguity. [Q1260]

Isaac Newton

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. [Q369]

William Lyon Phelps

The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older. [Q1054]

Thomas Jefferson

Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master! [Q203]

Plato

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. [Q882]

Galileo Galilei

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. [Q450]

Daniela Schiller

If you want to keep a memory as is, you carve it into a story. It’s not only keeping the content, it’s keeping the feeling alive. The best part is, you’re not the only one remembering it. [Q2040]

Bono

Music can change the world because it can change people. [Q635]

Henry Buckle

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it. [Q1864]

Will Rogers

It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so. [Q1374]

Douglas Adams

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. [Q1000]

Scott Nesler

Science is a method of study using approximation. Typically there are more than one answer. Truth or right are not as important as understanding the winner is chosen based on a thorough knowledge of available information and the quest to explore new frontiers. [Q1608]

Napoleon Hill

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. [Q686]

Virgil

Let not our proposal be disregarded on the score of our youth. [Q1583]

Saint Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible [Q1400]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our best thoughts come from others. [Q416]

Anna Quindlen

Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it's stupid. Banning books shows you don't trust your kids to think and you don't trust yourself to be able to talk to them. [Q709]

Robert Krulwich

When a cousin, or an uncle, or a buddy comes up and asks you, "so what are you working on?" even if it's hard to explain, even if you know they don't really want to hear it - not really - I urge you to give it a try. Because talking about science, telling stories to regular folks is not a trivial thing. Scientists need to tell stories to non-scientists because science stories - and you know this - have to compete with other stories about how the universe works and how the universe came to be. And some of those other stories - Bible stories, movie stories, myths - can be very beautiful and very compelling. But to protect science, and scientists - this is not a gentle competition - you've got to get in there and tell yours, your version of how things are and why things came to be. [Q724]

Plutarch

For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human. [Q776]

Michel de Montaigne

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak. [Q1165]

REO Speedwagon

Golden country your face is so red. With all of your money your poor can be fed. You strut around and you flirt with disaster. Never really carin' just what comes after. Well your blacks are dyin' but your back is still turned. And your freaks are cryin' but your back is still turned. You better stop your hidin or your country will burn. The time has come for you my friend. To all this ugliness we must put an end. Before we leave we must make a stand. — Lyrics from Golden Country [Q2104]

Sarah's Key

When a story is told, it is not forgotten. It becomes something else, a memory of who we were, the hope of what we can become. [Q1879]

Carl Sagan

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out. [Q224]

Scott Nesler

Truth is found in the journey. Facts are often road blocks. When the answer is traversed it is discovered the question was never asked in the first place. [Q2023]

Senator Paul Simon

One of the things I have learned in life is that violence breeds violence. Just as citizens should exercise self-restraint, so should government. Those who represent a threat to society should be jailed, but don't incarcerate our consciences with the death penalty. [Q1722]

Aristotle

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. [Q495]

Scott Nesler

The Do Good Gauge will provide an opportunity for the populace to develop their own points of view, thus producing a wider perspective of the truth. [Q143]

Richard P. Feynman

The old problems, such as the relation of science and religion, are still with us, and I believe present as difficult dilemmas as ever, but they are not often publicly discussed because of the limitations of specialization. [Q969]

Clarence Darrow

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means [Q1098]

Noam Chomsky

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. [Q152]

Robert Pirsig

Any effort which has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster. [Q375]

Henry Ford (Attributed To)

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. [Q1669]

Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel)

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. [Q1555]

Lucretius

Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant. [Q1561]

Freeman Dyson

I believe global warming is grossly exaggerated as a problem. It's a real problem, but it's nothing like as serious as people are led to believe. The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people's attention from much more serious problems. [Q1915]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. [Q417]

Václav Havel

People who live in the post-totalitarian system know only too well that the question of whether one or several political parties are in power, and how these parties define and label themselves, is of far less importance than the question of whether or not it is possible to live like a human being. [Q1781]

Edward de Bono

The to-and-fro of political argument has little constructive or creative force. This is because argument was never intended to be creative or constructive. Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not create it. Argument can oppose a bad idea and can modify, and thereby improve, a good idea. But it does not design new ideas any more than garden shears grow a garden. Politicians, however, do not have to be creative. For ideas they listen to their advisers and analysts. (from the book, I am Right, you are wrong. Page 22. [Q2002]

Ward Cunningham

A wiki is a work sustained by a community. [Q1018]

Charles Lindbergh

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance. [Q1936]

Václav Havel

The law is only one of several imperfect and more or less external ways of defending what is better in life against what is worse. By itself, the law can never create anything better... Establishing respect for the law does not automatically ensure a better life for that, after all, is a job for people and not for laws and institutions. [Q1783]

Dennis Prager

Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example? [Q453]

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The capitalist and aristocrat of England cannot feel that as we do, be­cause they do not mingle with the class they degrade as we do. — Page 151 [Q1899]

Edward Thorndike

Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable. [Q454]

Caine

Does not the law serve the truth? - "Kung Fu" Empty Pages of a Dead Book 1973 Season 2, Episode 13 [Q614]

Václav Havel

As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it. [Q434]

J. William Fulbright

Our elected representatives ... study and analyze public attitude by sophisticated new techniques, but their purpose has little to do with leadership. ... Their purpose, it seems, is to discover what people want and fear and dislike, and then to identify themselves with those sentiments. They seek to discover which issues can be safely emphasized and which are more prudently avoided. This approach to politics is the opposite of leadership; it is followership, for purpose of self-advancement. ... [Q1821]

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